Transportation companies in Maryland and Virginia are honoring Rosa Parks today, which marks the 61st anniversary of the Civil Rights icon’s arrest for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
The University of Maryland’s transportation department is leaving an empty front seat on all of its shuttle buses marked with signs saying “Reserved for Rosa Parks.”
The Greater Richmond Transit Company is also reserving the first passenger seat on each bus for a commemorative sign celebrating the civil rights icon. Bus drivers will keep the headlights on all day “to represent her light” and electronic headers on all 145 vehicles will read “Thanks Rosa Parks,” the GRTC said in a news release.
GRTC spokeswoman Carrie Rose-Pace said they have long conducted a Parks tribute during Black History Month in February, but this is the first year the transit system is doing so on the day she was arrested….read more here.